The first monsoon showers have pushed the vegetable prices up in Punjab and Haryana, including Chandigarh. The prices have nearly doubled in the past three days due to shortage of supply.
Price of most of the widely consumed vegetables—tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower and potatoes—have gone up by 50% to 90%. As per the prices in the retail market, prices of onion and cucumber too have gone up by 20-30%. The highest increase was in the price of coriander, green chilli, peas, tomato and bitter gourd, which are now available double the price.
Vegetable sellers are expecting more increase in the prices as more rain is expected and there will be shortage of supply.
“The prices have increased in the past three days due to short supply. The prices may increase further as heavy rains have damaged crops in several parts of the state,” said Gulshan Singh, a trader at Karnal vegetable market.
Another trader, Sham Lal, said, “Due to waterlogging, harvesting of some vegetables has been delayed.” He said tomatoes come from Himachal Pradesh and the supply has been affected.
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The sudden increase in prices are burning a hole in the people’s pockets, forcing the homemakers to re-adjust their kitchen budget. “After green chilli and tomato, the prices of almost all vegetables have gone up. It will create a major problem if the prices don’t come down,” said Nisha Sharma, a homemaker. “I bought bitter gourd for Rs 35 per kg and capsicum at Rs 70 per kg. This is highest price for these vegetables this year,” she added.